Consumers were unable to use any other carrier without unlocking their device. Apple retained control of the design, manufacturing and marketing of the iPhone. Fernandez on behalf of California resident Timothy P. Holman also cited a Sherman Act violation by the defendants.
United States release[ edit ] People waiting to buy the iPhone upon release in New York City , June 29, On June 28, , during an address to Apple employees, Steve Jobs announced that all full-time Apple employees and those part-time employees who had been with the company for at least one year would receive a free iPhone.
Employees received their phones in July after the initial demand for iPhones subsided. Apple closed its stores at 2: Though this figure does not include units that were purchased for resale on eBay or otherwise not activated until after the opening weekend, it is still less than most initial estimates.
However, it was widely reported that some who bought between the June 29, launch and the August 22, price protection kick-in date complained that this was a larger-than-normal price drop for such a relatively short period and accused Apple of unfair pricing. The Verizon iPhone went on sale on February 10, Brian Barrett, Managing Editor of the Gizmodo publication, speculated that either an upgraded version of iPhone 5 or a budget version would be released.
Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. In Germany, Vodafone , an operator competing with the operator that Apple had locked German iPhone sales to Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile division , brought a legal case[ clarify ] claiming that the arrangement was against German law. On November 20, , an interim court order resulted in sales of locked iPhones in Germany being temporarily stopped.
The iPhone launch in France a few weeks later through the operator Orange faced the same legal issues. Other countries that will pose[ clarify ] the same problems for the business model revolving around the sale of locked iPhones include Belgium, Italy, Finland, and Brazil. The offer caused confusion between Apple Europe, local media, and local Apple representatives. Both carriers launched the iPhone 3G in August On March 20, , Telkomsel became the first telecommunications company in Indonesia to offer the iPhone 3G with customizable plans for all Telkomsel customers.
Smart Communications was the last telecommunications company to carry Apple 's iPhone in Southeast Asia. The original models available for sale in New Zealand were unlocked for use on the Vodafone network and could be used with any plan, including pre-paid plans. On November 8, , Telecom announced that they would offer the iPhone 4S on their network, along with earlier models the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4.
The deal was rumoured to be non-exclusive, according to unofficial statements made by MTS and MegaFon. Customers must also sign up for one of 3 service plans[ clarify ] to use the phone. On September 28, , Orange announced that they were going to become the second operator of the iPhone in the UK, indicating that an exclusive deal that O2 had established with Apple in had ended.
Verizon confirmed the announcement on January 11, with an on-sale date of February Existing Verizon Wireless customers could pre-order iPhone on February 3.
Today, the iPhone is available in most countries.